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Black Culture is popular, Black People are not
Saw that quote on twitter a while back and it always stuck with me. Felt like it was the PERFECT way to start this post/rant off with.
Ok, for those of you who did not watch the Grammy’s last night, Beck won Album of the year and as he went to accept his award Kanye walks up to the stage as if he’s going to reenact his VMAs stunt. Which he did not do, but after the Awards, he had this to say
“I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain’t gonna play with them no more. And Beck needs to respect artistry and he should’ve given his award to Beyoncé.
“Because when you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in their face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you’re disrespectful to inspiration,” West continued. “And we as musicians have to inspire people who go to work every day, and they listen to that Beyoncé album and they feel like it takes them to another place.”
“Then they do this whole promotional event, they’ll run the music over somebody’s speech, the artist, because they want commercial advertising. Like, no, we not playing with them no more. By the way, I got my wife, my daughter and my clothing line, so I’m not going to do nothing to put my daughter at risk but I am here to fight for creativity. That’s the reason why I didn’t say anything tonight. But you all know what it meant when ‘Ye walks on the stage.”
Google’s your bestfriend if you want to read the full rant and although I don’t agree 100% but I fully understand where Kanye West is coming from. Especially with lines like “Diminishing the art” But understand, Beyonce won Grammys last night so it’s not like she left empty handed, and this rant is more of a “Where did Black Culture go?” Rant and not a “Beyonce should’ve won Album of the year” rant, all of that is Politics as usual although if it was based on stats, what she did last year was pretty amazing, but I digress.
1. Majority of the “Black” awards this year were given out during the preshow, damn near to the point where I was asking myself if I should even watch the Grammys knowing that all of the categories I cared about had already been announced, and yea I know the Grammys are about more than rap, there is more than one genre of music in the world, blah blah blah. politically correct, politically correct. lol. So this is strike one, in my opinion.
2. Then, having an artist’s acceptance speech get cut off by music really is tacky. You get under a minute to accept an award that you worked your whole life to win. So yes, I also feel Ye on that, and again yes, I know that Grammy speeches can’t run on and on but 45 seconds to accept such an “Honor” just isn’t enough.
3. What happened to Black Grammy moments? Remember those? Like T.I. Lil Wayne, and Jay z performing swagger like us? Performances that you watched and actually went “Oh this is dope, they going in.” And again YES we did have Common and John Legend with the Choir closing the show but was it REALLY memorable? (Not a diss, Not a diss.)
4. Have you heard Beck’s album? Was it genuinely better than Beyonce’s? I haven’t heard it, therefore I cannot form a proper opinion on it.
5. People with real opinions are the last of a dying breed. Not saying that people should start storming stages left and right, but how often do we really witness someone go in for what they believe in? Nowadays, people just go with what they are told so I applaud him for still being willing to risk it all and say what it is he feels.
6. Does the Award make the artist? Does the Artist make the award? Or do the people make the award? I’ll explain later…